Review: Coleman 47L esky, cans still freezing cold 48hrs later

    Well its now a full 48 hours after Christmas Day and the cans are still cold. There’s few things that are more adult in our lives than the purchase of an esky. It signifies that as someone in your 30s your at a stage in your life where you have a plan in place for the many, many social occasions on your annual calendar.

    This year our Christmas day invite came with a request to bring an esky, so a quick trip to Bunnings and we had some quick decisions tomake. When it comes to #IceTech, there’s really only two things that matters, are you drinks going to stay cool and how many cans can you fit.

    Coleman offer variety of products and while the smaller version with wheels was inviting, for a few dollars more, we went with the 47 litre esky (also known as the Coleman 47L Chest Hard Cooled). There’s a massive 71 can capacity and if you prefer, there’s enough space to handle 2L bottles and wine bottles upright.

    We returned from a great Christmas day with a half a dozen cans left in the cooler and at the end of December 27th, they’re still ice cold. There’s still plenty of ice from the 3 bags we put in 2 days ago, a testament to the insulation properties of the esky.

    Inside the blue and white exterior lies the magic insulation that preserves the ice for multiple days, despite being left outside on 35 degree days. If at some time, probably a week from now, all the ice has melted and you need to empty the esky, there’s a convenient drain at the end of the esky to allow you to do that and get ready for the next party.

    The esky also doubles as a seat and a drink holder, making it a very welcome party guest. With sturdy hard plastic construction its built to last and measures 680mm long, 380mm long and 370mm high. When empty, its an easy one person lift, when its full of ice and drinks, you’ll want to grab a friend to look after the handle at the other end as the esky on its own weighs in at 5.4kg, which could build to over 25 once full.

    Price and Availability

    The Coleman 47L esky is available at Bunnings for A$77.00. Not available at all stores, but you can head to the website for more details. For a bit of hard plastic, that may seem like a lot at first, but you really need to consider the functionality and entertainment value that comes from being able to keep drinks cool for an extended period of time. If you’re going camping or away from power for a weekend, this is worth a million bucks.


    Sure there’s plenty of eskies on the market, some with fancy wheels and some that’ll let your ride them to arrest, but this is the one we now own, and this suits our needs to a tee. Its large enough to hold plenty of our drinks, as well as a few six packs from friends, as well as easily fitting into the boot of medium sized sedans. It’s affordable and likely the last esky we’ll buy for the next couple of decades.

    Look around for a size and features that match your needs, but I’d suggest most people would be extremely happy with their Coleman 47L esky. There’s lots to love here and its easy to tell the guys at Coleman are truly party goers as almost every need possible has been catered for here.

    Jason Cartwright
    Jason Cartwright
    Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021

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